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  • Ability over Appearance: The Race Lift in casting Laurence Fishburne as Perry White had few complaints as Fishburne is exactly the kind of actor you'd want for the role.
  • Approval of God: Dan Jurgens, who wrote and drew several Superman comics, has said that Zod's death was "handled better than in the comics".
  • Backed by the Pentagon: The US military was very helpful with their portrayal in the film. Makes sense as they ultimately help save the planet alongside Superman.
  • California Doubling:
    • Chicago stands in for the fictional city of Metropolis, similar to The Dark Knight Trilogy and Smallville. Kal finally kills Zod in the Great Hall of Chicago Union Station.
    • Plano, Illinois stands in for the fictional Smallville in Kansas. Kansas was not at any point an actual filming location.
  • Creator-Preferred Adaptation: Unlike some other Superman writers, Dan Jurgens (of The Death of Superman fame) has no problem with Superman killing Zod and actually prefers how Zod's death was handled as something done in the heat of the moment to protect a family Zod was actively threatening as opposed to Superman outright executing a depowered Zod at the end of The Supergirl Saga.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: Man of Steel is Henry Cavill's favorite out of all the DC films he played in as Superman.
  • Dawson Casting: Henry Cavill also portrayed teenage Clark in the flashback. Also slightly inverted, as Superman says he's been on Earth for 33 years, yet Cavill was only 30, though considering how Clark ages, it might all be irrelevant.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • A longer battle scene on Krypton that would have featured more of Kelex.
    • A scene with a infant Superman being treated by a pediatrician was filmed but cut. David Goyer explained "There’s a scene, placed between Kal-El’s rocket ship crash-landing in Kansas and an adult Clark working at the fishing boat, where Jonathan and Martha take baby Clark to a pediatrician, because he’s acting strange, due to his superpowers beginning to develop. The doctor decides to check baby Clark’s hearing by emitting sounds into his ear canal. Due to the super-hearing, baby Clark lets out a cry that shatters all of the hospital’s windows as well as setting off alarms of all cars nearby. It was filmed, but cut because it felt out of place".
    • An extended oil rig scene where Clark is searching for the trapped.
    • A small scene of Clark petting a dog in Canada.
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    • A scene of General Zod attacking other Earth cities.
    • A scene with Lois being interrogated by the FBI following Zod’s announcement, and refuses to talk.
    • A scene of Clark leaving the church after speaking to Father Leone in which there's dialogue, “I won’t betray them.”, “You already have.” cut. This dialogue was used in the promotional trailer.
    • After Clark is bullied, Jonathan Kent takes him fishing without telling Martha.
    • A scene set in Canada where Clark tries to hitchhike.
    • A scene showing the Kent Farm covered in fog.
  • Development Hell: The sequel to 2006's Superman Returns, tentatively titled Superman: Man of Steel sat in limbo before becoming Man of Steel in 2010 as David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan were writing The Dark Knight Rises, and started shooting one year later.
  • Disowned Adaptation:
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • Henry Cavill worked out and dyed his hair black for the role.
    • Averted for Amy Adams. She said she was prepared to dye her hair to play Lois Lane, but Zack Snyder preferred to leave her as a redhead.
  • Fake American: The British Henry Cavill is the first non-American to play the America-raised Superman.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Deadliest Catch: The Movie - due to the fishing boat scene.
    • Bat of Steel or Superman Begins - due to Christopher Nolan's involvement.
    • "Terrence Malick's Superman" for the shots of nature in the early trailers.
    • After Lois Lane is cut off while suggesting the name "Superman", quite a few viewers have jokingly nicknamed him "Sup".
    • Hans Zimmer's music from the third trailer is often called "An Ideal of Hope", which is confirmed to be the cut version of "What Are You Going To Do When You Are Not Saving the World?", which is more or less the new Superman theme according to Zimmer.
    • Man of Murder and Man of Shit by detractors of the movie, including trolls. There's also Man of Sears because of the Product Placement.
    • "The Dubstep Machine" or "Dubstep Engine" for the World Engine because of the distinctive sounds it makes.
    • "Digit-El" sometimes gets used for the Virtual Ghost of Jor-El.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: "Cavillry"
  • Follow the Leader: Though not set in the same continuity, the direction Warner Bros. took this film in trying to created a more grounded and serious version of the mythos was informed by the prior success of their Batman films directed by Christopher Nolan starting with Batman Begins who went on to be a writer for this one.
  • He Also Did: The show's staff is certainly experienced in comic book film adaptations:
  • Meaningful Release Date: The film was released in June 2013, the 75th anniversary of Supes' debut in Action Comics #1 (June 1938).
  • Name's the Same: This World Engine has nothing to do with the intricate machines that allow planets to move across space.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Henry Cavill auditioned for the role of Superman once before and didn't make it to the final cut (the project was aborted and replaced with Superman Returns). Said to have called all his friends and family when he heard that he'd landed this one.
    • Amy Adams was a huge fan of the Superman films since childhood and wanted to play Lois Lane for just as long; she had auditioned for Lois twice before, one being a failed Brett Ratner project and the other being Superman Returns (not to mention getting a taste of the Superman universe with her appearance in Smallville). On going out for Man Of Steel:
    I just never saw myself as any other character than Lois Lane and I figured it was a very Lois-y thing to do to try again.
  • Recycled Trailer Music:
  • Role Reprise: In the French dub, Superman is voiced by Adrien Antoine, reprising his role from Superman Returns.
  • Show Accuracy/Toy Accuracy: Russell Crowe remarked that the action figure of him looks more like Kenny Rogers.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: In an interview, one of the reasons why Russell Crowe took the role of Jor-El is that he wants his two sons to see him as a father figure in a movie catered to their age group.
  • Star-Making Role: For Henry Cavill.
  • Throw It In!: In the soundtrack piece "Oil Rig", at about fifteen seconds in, you can faintly hear a young voice shout "Uh-oh!" That's Zack Snyder's daughter, whom he brought in to watch the recording session. It got picked up by the microphones, and was subsequently put into the final mix.
  • Vindicated by Cable: The film had unusually strong DVD/Blu-Ray sales ($112 million domestic sales) and TV revenues despite its mixed reception, handily outperforming films that did far better than it at the box office and in critical reviews like Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($69 million domestic DVD/Blu-Ray revenues) and Iron Man 3 ($82 million domestic DVD/Blu-Ray revenues).
  • What Could Have Been: Enough for its own section on the DCEU’s page
  • Word of God: There was a brief mention of S.T.A.R. Labs, which David Goyer claims was meant as a nod to Cyborg.
  • Working Title: "Autumn Frost", named after Zack Snyder's daughter Autumn.


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